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Arthur Pryor composed a special orchestral piece to accompany screenings of this film called "Soldiers of Fortune March." In early Nov 1919, pre-release screenings occurred in Washington, D.C. as a benefit for the Trinity community, a welfare organization, sponsored in part by Eleanor Roosevelt. The film had many other special screenings, including one in New York City, which Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. attended. According to news items, Soldiers of Fortune was the first film Allan Dwan made as an independent producer for the Mayflower Photoplay Corp. Modern sources credit Ferdinand P. Earle with art designs.
       All Star Feature Corp. originally made Soldiers of Fortune in 1914 (see entry). ...

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Arthur Pryor composed a special orchestral piece to accompany screenings of this film called "Soldiers of Fortune March." In early Nov 1919, pre-release screenings occurred in Washington, D.C. as a benefit for the Trinity community, a welfare organization, sponsored in part by Eleanor Roosevelt. The film had many other special screenings, including one in New York City, which Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. attended. According to news items, Soldiers of Fortune was the first film Allan Dwan made as an independent producer for the Mayflower Photoplay Corp. Modern sources credit Ferdinand P. Earle with art designs.
       All Star Feature Corp. originally made Soldiers of Fortune in 1914 (see entry).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
15 Nov 1919
p. 2015, 2057
MPN
22 Nov 19
p. 3790.
MPW
22 Nov 19
pp. 453-54.
New York Times
26 Apr 19
p. 573.
Variety
14 Nov 1919
p. 59.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
WRITER
Scen
PHOTOGRAPHY
Asst cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Soldiers of Fortune by Richard Harding Davis (New York, 1897) and on the play of the same name by Augustus Thomas (New York, 17 Mar 1902).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 November 1919
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Mayflower Photoplay Corp.
25 October 1919
LP14460
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Civil engineer Robert Clay is commissioned by wealthy New Yorker Mr. Langham to open iron deposits in the tiny South American republic of Olancho. General Mendoza, the unscrupulous head of the army, unsuccessfully tries to persuade President Alvarez, and then Clay, to divide the spoils of the contract. Mendoza begins a revolution against Alvarez, but Clay and his men set out to stop the plan. Meanwhile, Mr. Langham arrives with his two attractive daughers, Alice and Hope, on board a yacht owned by Reginald King, Alice's suitor. Clay's long-lived attraction for Alice has been met with coldness, but Hope wins his heart by shooting down some of Mendoza's men when they try to kill him. After a fierce battle, and the arrival of a U.S. battleship with sailors, Mendoza is ...

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Civil engineer Robert Clay is commissioned by wealthy New Yorker Mr. Langham to open iron deposits in the tiny South American republic of Olancho. General Mendoza, the unscrupulous head of the army, unsuccessfully tries to persuade President Alvarez, and then Clay, to divide the spoils of the contract. Mendoza begins a revolution against Alvarez, but Clay and his men set out to stop the plan. Meanwhile, Mr. Langham arrives with his two attractive daughers, Alice and Hope, on board a yacht owned by Reginald King, Alice's suitor. Clay's long-lived attraction for Alice has been met with coldness, but Hope wins his heart by shooting down some of Mendoza's men when they try to kill him. After a fierce battle, and the arrival of a U.S. battleship with sailors, Mendoza is defeated.

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